It would help but...
August 4 2000 at 7:32 AM

Response to Teaching in Japan

Like Kris says on his site, teaching in Japan is not so much teaching as getting to know a gaijin. Sure, Chinese are gaijin too but the idea is to have social prestege from knowing one.It smacks of racism, but look at it like this: In America, if you had a choice of having a French dancing instructor and a Jap dancing instructor, which would a girl choose? Especially when the girl is not really trying to learn to dance, but merely trying to show off to the Joneses?

I am Japanese and there is no visa problems and such for me to work in Japan. I also speak fluent English. In fact, I am a United Nations certified linguist. When I went to New York last year, a lot of people I talked to thought I was an American. So guess how easy it is for me to find a job as an English teacher. I once gave it a try. In Oita, a city of half a million people, there was exactly zero job openings for me.

However, if you are Chinese and speak Chinese, you are in luck. Japanese-Chinese business is booming and there is a shortage of guys who speak Chinese. If you speak good English or serviceable Japanese, there is a good chance you will find a job booking Chinese tourists into hotels and such.A Chinese friend of mine was just scraping by in Japan trying to teach Chinese when he went into business booking tourists for hotels and suddenly the money started rolling in! Guys like him need help. If I were you I would look for a job along those lines.


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